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Welcome to the 2019 Upstate Technology Conference!

A link to the online UTC 2019 Session Catalog will be sent to all registered attendees.  Registering for a Sched account or selecting classes is for participant convenience only and DOES NOT grant admittance into the conference or individual sessions. All participants must be registered for the conference through Eventbrite and sessions are first-come, first-serve at the conference.

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Coding/Robotics/STEAM [clear filter]
Tuesday, July 9
 

8:30am

Let's Nerd Out! Science Specific Tech Tools
If you want to revamp your science lesson plans, this session is for you! We will explore several websites and resources that can be implemented in a middle or high school science classroom. We will explore HHMI Biointeractive, Science Friday, ChemCollective, Physics World and more!
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Anna Morrison

Anna Morrison

Instructional Coach, Greenville County Schools
I am the instructional coach at Mauldin High School. One of my instructional goals is to work toward a perfect balance between educational technology and solid pedagogy.


Tuesday July 9, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
205

8:30am

Bloxels- Create Games that Assess Student Knowledge
Bloxels are educational technology tools that allow students to show their creativity and innovation by creating their own game worlds. See how you can take simple colored cubes and create your own game that tells a story or shows understanding of content. Participants will be engaged throughout the entire session as we learn how to create our own games. Ideas for integrating into various subject areas will be shared throughout the session.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Camp

Joyce Camp

Director Of Instructional Technology Center, Winthrop University
Mrs. Camp has been an educator for 21 years, working with learners from kindergarten through adults. Mrs. Camp holds a BFA and M.Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology. She has developed curriculum for educators and students, and enjoys sharing her love of technology with others... Read More →



Tuesday July 9, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
219

9:45am

Facilitating a Learner-Centered Makerspace
"We have this tech and these tools, but we don't know how to use them or incorporate them into our lessons." We hear this a lot. In fact, they're the primary reasons most teachers are hesitant to adopt a "maker mindset". This session defines a makerspace and de-mystifies how to facilitate it. Discover why student creation drives learning, how you can foster it, and what's essential for a successful, learner-centered makerspace.



Tuesday July 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
231

9:45am

Tech It Up with Classroom Stations
Using technology in station rotations can be a challenge. We will give tips and tricks to use technology in stations and have accountability pieces built in. Teachers will leave this session with ready to go ideas to implement at the beginning of the school year.

Speakers
avatar for Paige Mitchell

Paige Mitchell

Elementary Digital Integration Specialist, Anderson School District 5
Paige Mitchell has 13 years of elementary education experience. Paige has a degree in Elementary Education and a masters in Reading. Paige is passionate about using technology in the classroom and creating engaging learning opportunities for students. Paige is a Digital Integration... Read More →
avatar for Erin Darnell

Erin Darnell

Digital Integration Specialist, Anderson 5
Erin Darnell has been in education for 13 years.  Darnell holds a Bachelors in Early Childhood, a Masters in K-12 Technology Integration, and a Masters in Administration and Supervision. Darnell was chosen to be trained as a CHAMPS coach for the Greenville County School District... Read More →


Tuesday July 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
109

9:45am

Making Wonder with Cue: Content Integration with Robots
Come experience Cue, and learn how your students can use robots to enhance their content area learning! This session provides practical ways to use robotics in your digital learning environment, empowering student creativity and improving problem solving skills, all while meeting standards. With Cue, see engagement in your classroom grow!
Session Resources

Speakers
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Jessica Moore

Challenge/GT, Buena Vista Elementary


Tuesday July 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
227

9:45am

Teaching K-8 Computer Science Skills Without a Computer
Many K-8 computer science skills can be taught without the use of a computer. Computational and critical thinking, collaboration with others, creative problem solving, and the ability to communicate (the 4 C’s) are all important skills learned by including computer science lessons in your classroom. This workshop will be hands on, and participants will leave with many ideas for how to incorporate these ideas in their classrooms regardless of grade level or subject area taught.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Camp

Joyce Camp

Director Of Instructional Technology Center, Winthrop University
Mrs. Camp has been an educator for 21 years, working with learners from kindergarten through adults. Mrs. Camp holds a BFA and M.Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology. She has developed curriculum for educators and students, and enjoys sharing her love of technology with others... Read More →



Tuesday July 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
219

11:00am

Facilitating a Learner-Centered Makerspace
"We have this tech and these tools, but we don't know how to use them or incorporate them into our lessons." We hear this a lot. In fact, they're the primary reasons most teachers are hesitant to adopt a "maker mindset". This session defines a makerspace and de-mystifies how to facilitate it. Discover why student creation drives learning, how you can foster it, and what's essential for a successful, learner-centered makerspace.



Tuesday July 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
231

11:00am

Tech It Up with Classroom Stations
Using technology in station rotations can be a challenge. We will give tips and tricks to use technology in stations and have accountability pieces built in. Teachers will leave this session with ready to go ideas to implement at the beginning of the school year.

Speakers
avatar for Paige Mitchell

Paige Mitchell

Elementary Digital Integration Specialist, Anderson School District 5
Paige Mitchell has 13 years of elementary education experience. Paige has a degree in Elementary Education and a masters in Reading. Paige is passionate about using technology in the classroom and creating engaging learning opportunities for students. Paige is a Digital Integration... Read More →
avatar for Erin Darnell

Erin Darnell

Digital Integration Specialist, Anderson 5
Erin Darnell has been in education for 13 years.  Darnell holds a Bachelors in Early Childhood, a Masters in K-12 Technology Integration, and a Masters in Administration and Supervision. Darnell was chosen to be trained as a CHAMPS coach for the Greenville County School District... Read More →


Tuesday July 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
109

12:15pm

Merge into the Future- Virtual Reality in the Classroom
Holding a virtual object forever changes the way we learn, create and play. With Merge Cubes and AR (Augmented Reality), you can bring lessons to life in a way that engages students and leaves them wanting more. Learn how to integrate Merge Cubes and AR in your every day curriculum while supporting active learning.

Speakers

Tuesday July 9, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
201

12:15pm

Coding in the Early Childhood Classroom
Coding is in high demand. Come learn how to get started with students as young as kindergarten. This course will highlight several tried and trusted websites and apps that provide students with hours of coding experience and teachers with easy to use technology that easily fits into all content areas. All information is adjustable to fit any of the early childhood grades. Join the movement of coding in Kindergarten!
An iPad or laptop would be beneficial for investigating these as we talk about each app or website.
Session Resources

Speakers

Tuesday July 9, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
112

12:30pm

STEM for All with Discovery Education
Learn how Discovery Education supports you in creating a STEM learning environment, where powerful critical thinking and exploration practices draw across disciplines to allow students to ask and solve deep real-world questions, collaborate with peers and experts, arrive at meaningful conclusions through inquiry and the exploration of the 4C’s skills tied to STEM careers. Leave with resources to use and share right away!

Speakers
PD

Patti Duncan

Mgr, Partner Engagement, Activation, Discovery Education
Patti Duncan is an educator, scientist, technology integration specialist, and professional development trainer who joined the Discovery Education family in 2008. After working for 10 years as a food chemist, Patti made the switch to education. She taught middle school and high school... Read More →


Tuesday July 9, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
113

1:45pm

Integrating Robotics Into Your Curriculum
Robots are fun, but do you feel like you don't have time to fit them into your day? Why not teach your standards and robotics at the same time? In this session you will learn different ways to integrate robotics into your curriculum and how to enhance lessons you already have! You will walk away with different ideas and lessons that you can use to engage and excite your students!
Session Resources

Speakers

Tuesday July 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
220

1:45pm

STEM for All with Discovery Education
Learn how Discovery Education supports you in creating a STEM learning environment, where powerful critical thinking and exploration practices draw across disciplines to allow students to ask and solve deep real-world questions, collaborate with peers and experts, arrive at meaningful conclusions through inquiry and the exploration of the 4C’s skills tied to STEM careers. Leave with resources to use and share right away!

Speakers
PD

Patti Duncan

Mgr, Partner Engagement, Activation, Discovery Education
Patti Duncan is an educator, scientist, technology integration specialist, and professional development trainer who joined the Discovery Education family in 2008. After working for 10 years as a food chemist, Patti made the switch to education. She taught middle school and high school... Read More →


Tuesday July 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
113

3:00pm

Integrating Robotics Into Your Curriculum
Robots are fun, but do you feel like you don't have time to fit them into your day? Why not teach your standards and robotics at the same time? In this session you will learn different ways to integrate robotics into your curriculum and how to enhance lessons you already have! You will walk away with different ideas and lessons that you can use to engage and excite your students!
Session Resources

Speakers

Tuesday July 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
220
 
Wednesday, July 10
 

8:30am

Making History Come Alive
In this session, attendees will learn several ways they can use MAKER and technology to bring social studies and history to life! Attendees will experience student projects and, through the video and written reflections, hear from the students what worked and what they want to do differently next time. They will "play" with creating similar projects to experience what students do and learn. Finally, we will brainstorm ideas for projects in their classes to highlight MAKER and technology. This session will feature green screen, maker, and tech tools that work on iPads, Chrome, and the web. All grade levels and experience levels will be able to use these ideas!

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Penchev

Nancy Penchev

Elementary school teacher, Scheck, FL
Presenter ISTE, FETC, ILA, ST4T, iPadpalooza, SCCSS, OESIS, Upstate Technology, NCAEE, Florida Reads, FAMEPresentations:Literacy DaysTechnology ToolsGirls Build STEAMSTEM/STEAM and LiteracyBlended LearningInstructional Technology and Professional Development2015 Common Sense Media... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
213

8:30am

GoogleMania!
Sometimes as educators we just need time and space as we learn and explore. That's exactly what this session is geared towards. This session will run as a workshop style where you will interact with various Google resources (tools, extensions, hidden gems, and more). By the end of the session you will be able to take back some of the experiences to use in your instructional setting. Come prepared with a charged up device for a speedy session!
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Mcauliff

Thomas Mcauliff

Instructional Technologist, Anderson School District One
Thomas McAuliff currently serves as an Instructional Technologist for Anderson School District One. Prior to to his current role, he was an elementary level teacher, a SCASCD Emerging Leader, and was a District TOY Top 10 Finalist in Greenville County. He has also earned Google Level... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
207

8:30am

Inspiring students to code, even if you know nothing about it
You know programming and coding skills are important to prepare students to be successful in the future workforce. You may even have students who have expressed interest or demonstrated an aptitude for programming. But if you don't know much about it, how do you help connect students with resources or guide them to a career pathway? As Executive Director of Build Carolina, Lelia King runs several technology education programs, including SC Codes - a statewide initiative to help students access everything they need to explore a career in programming. Her goal is to help inspire more students to explore how to use programming skills to build projects in a variety of subject areas.
Session Resources

Speakers

Wednesday July 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
111

9:45am

Inspiring students to code, even if you know nothing about it
You know programming and coding skills are important to prepare students to be successful in the future workforce. You may even have students who have expressed interest or demonstrated an aptitude for programming. But if you don't know much about it, how do you help connect students with resources or guide them to a career pathway? As Executive Director of Build Carolina, Lelia King runs several technology education programs, including SC Codes - a statewide initiative to help students access everything they need to explore a career in programming. Her goal is to help inspire more students to explore how to use programming skills to build projects in a variety of subject areas.
Session Resources

Speakers

Wednesday July 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
111

9:45am

Using Robotics in the Middle School Mathematics Classroom
This session will show teachers how they can use Drones, Ozobots, Sphero balls, and Coding programs in middle school mathematics classrooms.
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Emily Strickland

Emily Strickland

6th grade Math, Beck Academy


Wednesday July 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
227

9:45am

GoogleMania!
Sometimes as educators we just need time and space as we learn and explore. That's exactly what this session is geared towards. This session will run as a workshop style where you will interact with various Google resources (tools, extensions, hidden gems, and more). By the end of the session you will be able to take back some of the experiences to use in your instructional setting. Come prepared with a charged up device for a speedy session!
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Mcauliff

Thomas Mcauliff

Instructional Technologist, Anderson School District One
Thomas McAuliff currently serves as an Instructional Technologist for Anderson School District One. Prior to to his current role, he was an elementary level teacher, a SCASCD Emerging Leader, and was a District TOY Top 10 Finalist in Greenville County. He has also earned Google Level... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
207

11:00am

Building the Bridge between Literacy and STEM in the Early Childhood Classroom
Literacy and STEM go hand in hand. Picture books contain vast amounts of STEM material for students to expand and grow in their understanding of literature and engineering concepts. Come see how a simple picture book could produce limitless opportunities for students to show what they know through STEM connected to literacy. In this session, we will discuss various activities related to one specific picture book. A list of teaching apps will also be included and introduced during this session. Come find a way to maximize your teaching with minimal effort with tons of cross-curricular options.
An iPad or laptop would be beneficial for exploring the apps introduced in this session.
Session Resources

Speakers

Wednesday July 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
220

11:00am

Girls Building STEAM
In this session, we will be looking at ways to engage girls in STEAM fields. We will discuss books, activities, family outreach, and special projects. We will also share our project Designing the Future: Using Fashion to Address Ecological Needs. Our project, where they ideas came from, who taught what, and where we got funding will all be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Penchev

Nancy Penchev

Elementary school teacher, Scheck, FL
Presenter ISTE, FETC, ILA, ST4T, iPadpalooza, SCCSS, OESIS, Upstate Technology, NCAEE, Florida Reads, FAMEPresentations:Literacy DaysTechnology ToolsGirls Build STEAMSTEM/STEAM and LiteracyBlended LearningInstructional Technology and Professional Development2015 Common Sense Media... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
213

12:30pm

How to Be Okay with Students Running Circles Around You OR Incorporating Computer Science to Increase Student Engagement
If you want 100% engagement, incorporate coding into your lesson. Accepting that your students will probably know more about coding & computer science than you eliminates a lot of the anxiety you may have about trying something new. We will use TEACHER FRIENDLY and FREE tools to incorporate math, writing skills, etc. across the curriculum while students use coding to create interactive and engaging projects. All students can code and so can you!!!
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for TJ Olenja

TJ Olenja

Gateway to Technology Instructor, Berea Middle School - Greenville County Schools
I have spent most of my career as a math teacher. In 2014 I had the opportunity to teach Gateway to Technology; which is a programmed designed to teach students the fundamentals of Engineering and to prepare them to be 21st Century Learners. I have also implemented Google's Computer... Read More →



Wednesday July 10, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
212

1:45pm

Building the Bridge between Literacy and STEM in the Early Childhood Classroom
Literacy and STEM go hand in hand. Picture books contain vast amounts of STEM material for students to expand and grow in their understanding of literature and engineering concepts. Come see how a simple picture book could produce limitless opportunities for students to show what they know through STEM connected to literacy. In this session, we will discuss various activities related to one specific picture book. A list of teaching apps will also be included and introduced during this session. Come find a way to maximize your teaching with minimal effort with tons of cross-curricular options.
An iPad or laptop would be beneficial for exploring the apps introduced in this session.
Session Resources

Speakers

Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
220

1:45pm

How to Be Okay with Students Running Circles Around You OR Incorporating Computer Science to Increase Student Engagement
If you want 100% engagement, incorporate coding into your lesson. Accepting that your students will probably know more about coding & computer science than you eliminates a lot of the anxiety you may have about trying something new. We will use TEACHER FRIENDLY and FREE tools to incorporate math, writing skills, etc. across the curriculum while students use coding to create interactive and engaging projects. All students can code and so can you!!!
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for TJ Olenja

TJ Olenja

Gateway to Technology Instructor, Berea Middle School - Greenville County Schools
I have spent most of my career as a math teacher. In 2014 I had the opportunity to teach Gateway to Technology; which is a programmed designed to teach students the fundamentals of Engineering and to prepare them to be 21st Century Learners. I have also implemented Google's Computer... Read More →



Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
212